John Muir


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3rd Rain morning gradually cleared. The valley filled with clouds The point East of Yosem [Yosemite] falls many times cut off & loomed grandly up into the sweet clear blue or was over arched above with dissolving downy cloud of the same texture & color as that wh [which] muffles it below. The rock cloud islands [thus] made in the clds [clouds] rising & subsiding like volcanic islands in the sea are extremely beautiful with their close white snow & clumps of dark pine & sculptured forms well developed by snow on projecting shelves & tablets South [down] in afternoon [have] gorgeously illumined clouds wh [which] she was [ ] [changing] now drawing her dazzling robes close about her throat. Now drooping them back on her shoulders in noble [curves]. The white of the snow on her head is close


pressed white & cloud shadows showed grandly upon it as they hovered carressingly above & it contrasts with amazing distinctness with the yellow & black of the [ ] front. All the skirts of Tis [Tissiack] are bare of snow along the bottom occupying as they do a warmer climate than [head] They are fringed with dark fir trees. A patch of forest also occurs on left of rock portion upon a portion of the Lat mor [moraine] of Lyell & Ten [Tenaya]

In the sunset -- the crown of Tis [Tissiack] glowed in warm sunshine wh [which] shone [Airily] through cloud mufflings as seen down into the lower shadows [filled valley]. While down the valley richly colored dense clouds blocked the lower end of the valley from wall to wall stretching from Cath [Cathedral] rocks to Cap [El Capitan?] fringed light burning yell [yellow] above with occasionally along tattered stream[er]

Date Original

December 1872


Original journal dimensions: 10 x 16.5 cm.

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